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Mr. Markle moved that there shall be issued two banquet tickets to each member-company of the Association where there are two or more official representatives, and where there is only one such representative only one ticket shall be issued; and where a company is not represented no banquet ticket shall be issued on account of such company. Seconded by Mr. McCulloch. Carried.
Mr. Markle moved that the sessions of the meeting at St. Louis, with the exception of the first, be executive sessions; that none but delegates be admitted to the meetings, and that the Secretary give out such information to the press as may be proper in his judgment.
On motion, adjourned until 4:00 p. m.
On motion of Mr. Kelly, seconded by Mr. McCulloch, it was resolved that the outstanding indebtedness claimed by Mr. Stonewall Jackson, $121.80, and Mr. M. H. Watts, of Montreal, $50.00, be paid; and the Treasurer is hereby authorized to send checks for the respective amounts.
On motion, adjourned.
Following is a statement of the membership to October 15, 1896 :
October 15, 1895, Members...
St. Louis & Suburban Ry. Co., St. Louis, Mo.
Loss BY CONSOLIDATION:
People's Passenger Railway Co., Philadelphia, Pa.
Brooklyn, Queens County & Suburban R. R. Co., Brooklyn. 3
1 SUSPENDED FOR NON-PAYMENT OF DUES:
Sandusky Street Railroad Co., Sandusky, Ohio.
Canton-Massillon Electric Ry. Co., Canton, Ohio.
13 17 MEMBERSHIP, OCTOBER 15, 1896..
160 At the heginning of the year we found the Association about $6,000.00 in debt. Through the generosity of the members in subscribing to cancel this, and with rigid economy in the administration of the affairs of the Association during the past year, we are now virtually out of debt (a few small disputed bills remaining unpaid), and have the sum of $1,765.! 4.to turn over to our successors.
In this connection we take pleasure in calling the attention of the members of the Association to the efficient and economical administration of the Secretary's office during the year.
The Committee is pleased to announce that, with the amount received from the exhibit at St. Louis and the annual dues for the year 1896-7, the incoming Executive Committee will have at its disposal about $6,500.00, after paying all expenses at St. Louis. It is believed that with this amount it will be possible, without any amendment to the Constitution and By-Laws, for the Executive Committee to enlarge the scope of the work of the Association; and it is contemplated that a monthly bulletin shall be issued, containing information of value to the members.
We have to thank the Local Committee at St. Louis for their hard work in relieving us of all local matters, and their splendid efforts in furnishing the Association with a place of meeting and hall for exhibits, and in arranging an elaborate programme for our entertainment during the meeting in their city. Respectfully submitted,
H. M. LITTELL.
J. WILLARD MORGAN, Mr. Hamilton, St. Louis: I move that the report of the Executive Committee be received, approved and spread upon the minutes, and that the recommendations therein contained be concurred in; that this Association hereby expresses its appreciation of the able manner in which the affairs of the Association have been conducted during the past year, and its thanks are hereby extended to its officers for their very efficient services in its behalf. Carried.
The President: The report of the Secretary and Treasurer is the next business.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY AND TREASURER.
Mr. Penington read the report as follows: To THE AMERICAN STREET RAILWAY ASSOCIATION,
Gentlemen :-Your Secretary and Treasurer respectfully submits the following report:
York Street Railway Co., York, Pa........
$ 225 00
MONTREAL EXHIBIT-AMOUNTS DUE FOR SPACE WHICH CANNOT
James Steel ...
7 50 15 00 7 50
In addition to the amount subscribed at Montreal the following members have paid, viz.: Metropolitan St. Ry. Co., Kansas City, Mo... $175 00 Ft. Wayne & Belle Isle Ry. Co., Detroit, Mich.... 25 00 Lowell, Lawrence & Haverhill St. Ry. Co., Lawrence, Mass..
*Paid since report was made up.
Dry Dock, East Broadway & B. R. R. Co., New York 25 00
25 00 Vincennes Citizens' Ry. Co., Vincennes, Ind..
The Secretary desires to thank the Street Railway and Electrical Press for their courtesy in publishing all notices sent out by him and furnishing the Secretary's office with copies of their journals for the year.
T. C. PENINGTON,
Secretary and Treasurer.
Mr. Seely, Lock Haven: I move that the report of the Secretary and Trea-urer be received and filed, and spread upon the minutes. Carried.
The President: There are some letters here from gentlemen who are not able to be present.
LETTERS OF REGRET FROM MEMBERS.
The Secretary read the following letters:
METROPOLITAN TRACTION COMPANY,
New York, October 16, 1896. H. M. LITTELL, ESQ.,
PRESIDENT, AMERICAN STREET RAILWAY ASSOCIATION, Dear Sir:- I regret very much to advise you that owing to important meetings of this company to be held in New York City on Tuesday, October 20th, it will be impossible for me to attend the Convention in St. Louis.
Owing to circumstances beyond my control, it has been impossible for me to attend any of the Conventions of the Association that have taken place during my connection with street railway interests, and I have anticipated with much pleasure the possibility of doing so this Fall; and I take this means of explaining my position through you to many members of the Association whom I have advised that I would be present.
I beg to assure the officers and members of the Association of my appreciation of the value of the Association and its work in the interest of the street railways of the United States.